Portland Mayor-elect Sam Adams announced last week that the world's largest wind turbine company would be relocating to Portland. But some local media said he was jumping the gun.
The Portland Tribune warned Adams to avoid making the same mistake as former Mayor Vera Katz, who announced in 2002 that Vestas would be opening a manufacturing plant in Portland. But that manufacturing plant was never built.
The Tribune quoted Vestas spokesman Roby Roberts as saying hewas glad the mayor was excited, but the project was still being negotiated.
When Roberts spoke to KBOO's Jenka Soderberg today, however, he sounded optimistic about the plan.
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